So, have I chosen my vacation knitting? Well, not egg-zactly. (Hours 'til departure = 13, but who's counting?) I have packed two small projects so far.
#1: Chemo caps. Dale at Yarn Haven put out a special request at this week's knit night that all attendees contribute at least one chemo cap in the month of August. Well, you know me and charity knitting - I had to rise to the challenge. The big challenge was finding yarn! They want caps to be both soft and machine washable, which eliminates about 99% of my stash. I finally ran across some Berroco Touche' that will work. It is 50% cotton and 50% rayon, so it is definitely soft, and the label says you can machine wash in cold water. I have three skeins: Baby Boy, Green Tea, and Fondant. (In plain English, that's blue, green and pink. Each skein has 89 yards, so I'm guessing I can make 2 chemo caps. I don't have a particular pattern in mind, I'll just wing it. Stripes probably, in the round undoubtedly.
The other small project is a Lotorp Bag. I first saw this pattern on somebody's project page on Ravelry and it haunted me for several days until I broke down and ordered the pattern book, Noro Revisited by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. I am really glad I did, because there are several other patterns in the book I want to make. (Like this. And this.) I know I have two skeins of Noro Silk Garden around here somewhere, in some lovely earth tones that would be perfect for my sister.
Now, I am seriously considering taking a third, larger project, but I don't know if I should. My suitcase room is limited, but I really have a hankering to cast on a real sweater. I haven't knit a full-size sweater since the Top-Down Tee and that was ages ago. I'm thinking that what I should do is just pack needles and a couple of potential patterns. There is an awesome yarn store just minutes from where we stay at the beach, so if I finish my little projects and I just have to start a sweater, I'll just have no choice but to pick up a little yarn, right? Sounds logical to me!
All right, if I don't go and pack now, I'll never get to bed. Happy knitting to everybody while I'm gone! It will be just over a week until I get back and we can catch up then. Ciao!!